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    sentences with "in the past"

    Does one always have to use present perfect in sentences having "in the past"?

    I have made a lot of mistakes in the past.

    Can I say "I made a lot of mistakes in the past".

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    Re: sentences with "in the past"

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Does one always have to use present perfect in sentences having "in the past"?

    I have made a lot of mistakes in the past.

    Can I say "I made a lot of mistakes in the past".
    They're both acceptable.

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